Deal History

Corporate transaction history since the Principal’s career as a Partner and Managing Partner of Coopers & Lybrand and Price Waterhouse, now PWC.

Advising Gadens Lawyers on their entry strategy into Singapore and the set up of a Singapore office.

Originating and advising on the acquisition of E3 in Australia for US engineering firm CDM Smith. Eaton Capital Partners have an ongoing mandate from CDM Smith to grow their Australian and Asia Pacific presence by strategic acquisitions.


Advising Chadbourne & Parke on their re-entry into the Singapore market and assist in the setting up of a Singapore office to compliment their existing international project finance practice base.

Advising Minter Ellison Perth on their combination with international law firm Squire Sanders in 2011 – Continuing engagement to assist Squire Sanders in their development across Australia and the Asia Pacific region.


Raising capital for WDScott and originating and advising on the acquisition of Distinct Partners in 2010, a transformative merger for WDScott and the re-launch of a new era of profitability and growth for the company. 

January 2008

Advised on the sale of Libra Group in January 2008. Libra Advisory Group was an international consultancy which provided policy, advisory and management services in security and justice sector modernisation and reform, stabilisation and conflict prevention for governments, development donors and multi-national organisations.

January 2008

Originating and advising on the sale of Global Justice Solutions to Coffey International in January 2008. GJS was a global consulting and project management business specialising in development assistance to governments, major development agencies and other national-level clients in the areas of law, justice, policing and governance.

Raising capital for PMI and becoming a minority investor in the parent LLP of both the Managing Partners Forum – and the Professional Marketing  Forum.  PMI is a UK-based professional body established in 1995 that represents the leadership team at professional service firms (law, accountancy, real estate and consultancy) to government and other audiences, and provides members with knowledge and insights to help them reach better-informed business decisions.


Originating and advising on the acquisition of WA Taylor and Associates for Beaton Research and Consulting in 2009.

December 2008

Advent Lawyers December 2008. Providing the start up, seed and second round capital to launch Advent Lawyers into the Australian and subsequently the Asia Pacific region. Advent is a new kind of law firm that offers both senior top tier lawyers and clients an innovative and compelling new alternative, bringing new life to law. They are a firm of high calibre senior lawyers who provide clients with easy and transparent access to top tier talent in a more flexible, cost effective and efficient manner.

Advising on the merger of PA Consulting Australia’s senior staff group in joining WDScott in both Sydney and Melbourne.


Acquisition of a majority share of Beaton Research and Consulting in 2009, setting up Beaton Capital Pty Ltd and co-raising the initial capital for Beaton Professional Services Investment Fund. Beaton Research & Consulting is a bench-marking, analytics and high-end market research house serving organisations that provide professional and financial services in the Asia-Pacific region. Exiting the investment in Beaton Research and Consulting in 2010.

June 2008

Advising and leading the Acquisition of Clear Lead for WDScott Ltd in June 2008. Clear Lead was a professional services firm providing consulting, solutions and project management services to the government and corporate sectors. The merger further enhanced the capability of WDScott Ltd in Australia while the business was growing strongly at the time in the UK.

June 2007

Advising on the WDScott Corporate Restructure in June 2007 and raising AUD$10m capital from a sophisticated investor base in Australia and the Rapid Realisation Fund in the UK. WDScott was founded in 1938 by Sir Walter Scott and was Australia’s largest international management consulting firm prior to its acquisition in 1985 by Coopers and Lybrand to form the base, with Urwick Orr, of the PwC Management Consulting brand that was sold to IBM in October 2002.

May 2007

Originating the opportunity for Cardno to acquire the Emerging Markets Group in Washington and London. The Emerging Markets Group was a management buyout from Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu in August 2004. This event brought offices in Washington DC, London, and Brussels together under unified leadership and marked the culmination of more than twenty years of experience as Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu’s specialized development consulting unit. Acil Australia agreed a merger plan with The Emerging Markets Group prior to their merger with Cardno Ltd in July 2005 that lead to the eventual acquisition by Cardno Ltd of the Emerging Market Group in May 2007.

October 2006

Originating and transacting the acquisition of Agrisystems in the UK (Oxford Consulting) in October 2006 for Cardno as Executive Director of Cardno Ltd and International CEO of Cardno Acil (now Cardno Emerging Markets Group).

July 2005

Originated and transacted the sale of Acil Australia Pty Ltd to Cardno Ltd (ASX:CDD) in July 2005. Cardno is an integrated professional services provider, locally delivering the specialist advice necessary to create or improve the physical and social infrastructure that underpins communities around the world.
From its foundations as a civil engineering consultancy, Cardno expanded through the merger with Acil Australia and their sister companies Agrisystems and the Emerging Markets Group to become a Physical and Social Infrastructure professional services group including management and environmental services as well as project management of international development assistance programs.


Advice on national integration implementation and closing under-performing practice areas and offices for Freehill Hollingdale & Page over 2000 and 2001.

May 2009

Involved as a Founding Director of Mainsheet Corporate in the buy-out from Freehill Hollingdale & Page in December 2000. Mainsheet Corporate was a strategy consulting and corporate advisory firm offering clients a unique combination of strategic, operational and transactional advice. Mainsheet Corporate was sold to PWC in May 2009.

June 1998

Advised on the deal with Cap Gemini in the Asia Pacific Region in June 1998 for Compaq to acquire Digital Equipment Corporation, completing the largest merger to date in the computer industry.

October 1996

Originated and transacted the sale of Aptech Australia Pty Ltd to IBM in October 1996. Aptech was Australia’s largest privately owned management consulting firm in the day. Lead the sale of the company to IBM, the first management consulting firm acquisition outside the US made by Lou Gerstner, then President and CEO of IBM.

July 2008

Advising and leading WDScott in the Acquisition of Global Justice Solutions in July 2008. Global Justice Solutions is a specialist international consultancy and project management company, with offices in Perth, Sydney and London. The merger with WDScott completed the three prong strategy defined by the WDScott board of the day, international consulting in the financial services Sector, the People business and the Development Assistance business, the three sectors of the original WDScott firm strategy. 

January 2008

Advising on the Acquisition of Market U for WDScott in January 2008 to build the WDScott People brand across Australia. Market U was a recognised leader in Executive Search in the disciplines of Corporate Affairs, Communication and Marketing. These services were complemented with a range of consulting services including Career Coaching and Business Transformation. The Market U search and contracting business was fully integrated into WDScott People in November 2011.